The Scarlet Claw

The Scarlet Claw

Roy William Neill (1944)

A Certificate


Our Score
This is possibly the best film in Universal Studios' series starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Here, the Baker Street sleuth and his bumbling companion investigate a series of murders that have been plaguing a Canadian village. Underrated director Roy William Neill produces some memorably uneasy images - a dead woman's hand clutching a bell-rope, a luminous "monster" stalking Holmes across a marsh - and makes good use of the foggy, supernatural atmosphere. There's even time to remind contemporary audiences of the "friendly intimacy" between Britain, Canada and the US, with a flag-waving speech from Rathbone.


Baker Street's legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his reliable sidekick Dr Watson investigate a series of grisly murders in a remote Canadian village supposedly caused by a 100-year-old monster from the nearby swamps. However, they soon discover there's a far more down-to-earth explanation. Mystery, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, with Miles Mander and Paul Cavanagh.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Dr John H Watson Nigel Bruce
Potts Gerald Hamer
Lord William Penrose Paul Cavanagh
Emile Journet Arthur Hohl
Marie Journet Kay Harding
Judge Brisson Miles Mander
Sergeant Thompson David Clyde
Drake Ian Wolfe
Nora Victoria Horne
Director Roy William Neill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD